Essondale Patient File for Minoru Serizawa


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Essondale Patient File for Minoru Serizawa


Title Proper 93-5683 BOX 1193 FILE 26318
Date(s) 1949
General material designation
This file contains a textual record.
Scope and content
Minoru Serizawa was moved from Vancouver to Lemon Creek internment camp in January 1942 and then moved east for work in 1946, however work was not sufficient and he had to return to Pritchard BC for work in logging to support his family. Documents discuss the great distress the internment and relocation caused the patient and his mother especially, may have been the cause for the patient's mental condition. File contains correspondence with Department of Labour-Japanese Division. Serizawa died 21 Dec 1961 at Essondale at age 38 of bronchopneumonia.
Name of creator
British Columbia. Mental Health Services created this archive which were transferred to the BC Archives from 1987 to 2000.
Immediate source of acquisition
The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.
This record was digitized selectively.



Essondale Patient File for Minoru Serizawa
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